African Yellow White-eye

Zosterops senegalensis

African Yellow White-eye, photo © by Michael Plagens.

Actively moving among foliage on edge of secondary woodland at Kitale, Kenya. April 2013.

These small birds move rapidly and frequently in dense foliage as they search for small insect prey. Yellow-green plumage playing against dappled light on plants can make them hard to spot. Once seen, however, they are easy to identify. No other small, thin-billed bird has such a broad, conspicuous eye-ring. They also use their sharp bill to pierce floral tubes and extract nectar.

Zosteropidae -- White-eye Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

Michael J. Plagens, page created 24 Sept. 2013.